Check Point forges alliance to build intrusion prevention

Firewall manufacturer Check Point has forged an alliance with two network security suppliers to develop IT security for...

Firewall manufacturer Check Point has forged an alliance with two network security suppliers to develop IT security for protecting users from network attacks aimed at exploiting multiple parts of an enterprise.

During the Networld+Interop and Comdex 2002 conference, in Atlanta, USA, Check Point, Okena and Intruvert Networks annouced the initative called Intrusion Prevention Ecosystem.

Based on Check Point's Open Platform for Security (OPSEC) framework, the three suppliers plan to develop out-of-the-box technology aimed at boosting the accuracy of detecting a network security threat.

Raj Dhingra, vice-president of marketing at Intruvert, said the security system would combine several security measures including in-line connected firewall and VPN capabilities, host-based intrusion detection security (IDS) and network layer protection.

"[Users] want prevention at multiple levels [through] a distributed deployment layer in the enterprise," Dhingra said. "Each level of the Intrusion Prevention EcoSystem is contributing to better accuracy and getting more comprehensive attack coverage."

The Ecosystem is being demonstrated by Check Point at the N+I show.

Initially, the Ecosystem will be comprised of Check Point's VPN-1/FireWall-1 Next Generation product, Intruvert's IntruShield intrusion prevention solution and Okena's StormWatch host-based IDS product. According to Dhingra, third-party suppliers of intrusion prevention technologies will be able to build security products for the Ecosystem as long as their products met certain prerequisites.

The importance of stringent security policies to recognise and block malformed or malicious traffic capable of penetrating a network's defences is becoming paramount to end-users.

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